Alile Sharon Larkin



December 15, 2015, 6pm-9pm

Southern California Library

6120 S. Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90044


Allie Sharon Larkin is an artist-educator and award-winning independent film and video maker.  Larkin was a public school teacher in Los Angeles for 25 years and has taught at 32nd Street/USC Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School since 1993.  Her teaching experience ranges from pre-K to college and filmmaking is part of Larkin’s interdisciplinary curriculum.  She has received ten Video in the Classroom Awards for teacher-produced films, documenting students learning about textile arts, storytelling, yoga, jazz, women’s history, Kwanzaa, and African American dance.

From 6pm-7:30pm, we will be screening two of Allie Sharon Larkin’s films.  The first, Your Children Come Back To You (1979), presents a child’s perspective on wealth and social inequality, and has screened throughout U.S. and Europe. The second,  A Different Image (1982), about an African American woman contemplating self-identity, heritage and perception, received critical praise and earned her first prize from the Black American Cinema Society, won Best Production of 1981 from the Black Filmmaker Foundation, and was named runner-up for best short film at FILMEX.  The screenplay of A Different Image was published in “Screenplays of the African American Experience” (Indiana University Press, 1991).  Larkin’s critical essay, “Black Women Filmmakers Defending Ourselves,” appears in female spectators (Verso Editions, London). Larkin is currently working on a children’s music DVD, “Tie Dye.”

From 7:30-9pm, Allie Sharon Larkin will join us for a lecture and Q & A.